It’s a well-known fact that moving house is one of the most overwhelming life events. In fact, two thirds of people rated it more stressful than divorce or starting a new job. Worries about finances, moving dates, chains and whether or not you’ve made the right decision can weigh heavily on your mind, with 65% of people reporting that they’ve lost sleep over it.

Here at McCarthy’s, we’ve had 50 years of experience of helping people with their house moves, and we’ve picked up a thing or two along the way. If you’re looking for advice on moving house, here are some tips to help make it run more smoothly.

Get your finances in order

Spiralling costs can be one of the more stressful aspects of a house move. The estimated cost of moving home in the UK is £8951. This includes all the upfront fees, such as Stamp Duty, legal and surveyors’ fees, plus things like removal company costs. On top of this, however, you’ll also have other less structured costs, such as buying new furniture and furnishings, DIY and decorating, as well as home renovation costs.

To help ease the stress, make sure you know exactly how much the upfront fees are going to be and how you are going to pay for them. Will you include them into your mortgage or use your savings?

When it comes to things like home renovations, set yourself a budget and stick to it. Knowing how much your move is going to cost and how you’re going to pay for it will help to ease the uncertainty and stress it can cause.

Put your belongings into self-storage

It’s very rare that we move into a home that doesn’t need anything doing to it. Whether you’re considering substantial home renovations or just painting and decorating, utilising self-storage when moving house means you’ll have more space to get it done and won’t have to keep moving things around while the work takes place.

Another great reason for using self-storage when moving house is that it can put you in a stronger position when house hunting. If you sell your house and don’t have anywhere to move into, you can put your furniture into a self storage-unit and rent somewhere smaller while you find your dream home. Not being in a chain will make you an attractive buyer when it comes to putting an offer in alongside other bidders.

Write a to-do list

There are many things to do when you move house, and if they’re all just floating around in your head, it’s easy to become overwhelmed, or forget things.

A month before you’re due to move house, create a detailed to-do list. Separate the tasks into time frames: a month before, two weeks before, a week before, and moving day. Having it all down on paper will make you feel more organised and give you a boost when you cross tasks off.

You can download moving home checklists from the internet. And, then add any additional tasks you can think of.

Start your packing early

It’s easy to underestimate how long it will take you to pack up your home. So, make sure you start with plenty of time ahead. You can pack seasonal items away well ahead of moving day, for example. You want to be well-rested for moving day, so aim to be packed up two days before the house move – you don’t want to be up till the early hours the night before still wrapping up cutlery.

Label each box clearly with the contents and the room it’s destined for. Leave the boxes in their rooms, so that the contents of each room can be loaded and unloaded together.

Of course, you may consider taking advantage of a complete packing service which will take the stress away altogether.

Don’t forget to pack an “overnight box” containing tea, coffee, milk, bedding, toothbrushes and pyjamas, so you won’t be frantically searching for these essential items when you’re tired and just want to go to bed on the first night in your new house.

Moving home is a great opportunity to declutter and get rid of the things you haven’t used for years. You’ll thank yourself for it when you’re unpacking in your new home.


We hope you’ve found our advice for moving house useful. Don’t forget, we’re here to help make your moving day less stressful. Why not contact us to find out more about our self-storage services for your big move?